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Woody Guthrie: Examining Portraiture

This teacher's guide provides portraits and analysis questions to enrich students' examination of Woody Guthrie, one of the most important folk composers in American history. Includes the video "Defining Portraiture: How are portraits both fact and fiction?" and the National Portrait Gallery's "Reading" Portraiture Guide for Educators, both of which provide suggestions and questions for analyzing portraiture. Also includes multiple music recordings, a Smithsonian Magazine article about his legacy, and a podcast episode about his music and relationship with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.


  • What do these portraits have in common? How are they different?
  • How are these portraits both fact and fiction?
  • How do these portraits reflect how he wanted to be seen, or how others wanted him to be seen? Consider for what purpose these portraits were created.
  • Having listened to his music, does the portrait capture your image of Woody Guthrie? Why, or why not?
  • If you were creating your own portrait of Guthrie, what characteristics would you emphasize, and why?

Keywords: singer, musician, songwriter, oklahoma, protest, #SmithsonianMusic

Tess Porter


1969, America was faced with pain and stress with the war. Almost 500,000 people come together to take part in history as they jam out at Woodstock.

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Woodcut Portraits

Jean-Marie Galing

Wonder: Learning to See

The glory of being bursting onto the streets of New York in a gush of water. And the children don't miss it. #SAAMteach


Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. This collection, built to coincide with the release of the 2017 American superhero film, highlights Smithsonian collections featuring Wonder Woman & her superpowered gadgets.


Women´s Suffrage in the United States (early 20th c.)

Artifacts of the Suffrage Movement  and Anti-Suffrage Movement 

Avery Beebe

Womens Suffrage

Womens suffrage occured  in the 1800s. It was when the women had unfair rights compared to the men. For example they were not allowed to vote. Women would protest and fight for their rights for years. The suffrage ended in 1848 when a group of abolitionist activists–mostly women, but some men–gathered in Seneca Falls, New York to discuss the problem of women's rights.

Near the end of the war, Canada, Russia, Germany, and Poland also recognized women's right to vote. British women over 30 had the vote in 1918, Dutch women in 1919, and American women won the vote on 26 August 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Haley Dogan

Womens Rights

Logan Martin

Women's Suffrage Postcards

This is a topical collection of women's suffrage postcards that could be used to supplement lessons on the women's rights movement and/or gender equality. They are also excellent practice in artifact analysis.

Some questions to consider:
-What do these postcards tell us about the arguments for and against women's suffrage?
-Why are so many of the postcards focused on geography?
-Who do you think each postcard is meant to appeal to?
Kate Harris

Women's Suffrage in Idaho

Idaho was among the first states to grant women the right to vote. In this collection, we examine the journey to passing the law allowing women to vote, social views of the roles of women, as well as the similarities and differences between Idaho's women suffrage movement and the nationwide suffrage movements. 

Idaho State Museum

Women's Suffrage

Betsy Clem

Women's Suffrage

March is Women's History Month! Take a look through our collection objects relating to women's suffrage in the United States

Smithsonian Advancement

Women's Suffrage

The Woman's Suffrage movement in America began in 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention in an effort to allow women the right to vote.
Linda Muller

Women's Suffrage

The Woman's Suffrage movement in America began in 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention in an effort to enfranchise women.
Jason Smith

Women's Roles in World War II

Collection of roles women held during World War II

Rebecca McAlpin

Women's Roles During the Civil War

Learning resource collection, in which students identify women's homefront and battlefront roles during the American Civil War, as depicted in Harper's Weekly and a short video from the Smithsonian Channel.
Ashley Naranjo

Women's Rights

This collection explores the key components and changes that have occurred during the struggle for Women's rights.

It is meant to spark discussion about the movement and it's long term impact on history and the issues that still face women in their fight for gender equality.

Patrica King

Women's History Month Resources

In this collection you'll find a variety of resources for Women's History Month.

Philippa Rappoport

Women's History Month Family Festival

Here is a collection of videos from a Women's History Month family festival, that includes interviews and performance footage with Kathak dancer Prachi Dalal, Native American singing group Ulali, mother-daughter storyteller and artist Yona Zeldis McDonough and Malcah Zeldis, and the Georgia Tech Glee Club paying tribute to the women in the audience for Women's History Month.

Philippa Rappoport

Women's History Month

Women's History Month 

Christina Ratatori

Women's History in Indiana

This Women's History collection contains photographs, documents, and other materials from Indiana Historical Society archival collections that pertain to the history of women's rights and interests in Indiana. Some of the materials represented in this digital collection include Indianapolis Woman's Club Records, League of Women Voters of Indiana Records, Propylaeum Records, as well as other organizational records and personal papers such as those of May Wright Sewall. Materials date from the late 1800s through the present day.

Kathy Mulder

Women's History in America: Highlights Collections

In celebration of Women's History Month, this collections highlights some of the many accomplished and influential women in science, art, women's rights, and athletics throughout history. This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, recordings, and other multimedia resources that may complement Tween Tribune features for Women's History Month 2018:

 Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Women's History in America

This is a work-in-progress Smithsonian Learning Lab collection that includes images, text, and videos intended to inspire learning about different events, accomplishments, and themes in women's history in the United States. These resources provide some examples of and context on the movement for women's suffrage, feminists and activists for women's rights, and the first women to work in male-dominated fields. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here

Some other collections on themes in women’s history include “National History Day: Women's Rights,” “Can you name #5WomenArtists?,“ and “Suffrage Pin: Object Analysis.”

Colleen Murdock

Women's Birth Control Issues

Having birth control on hand is a privilege women have only had recently. Birth control is insanely a controversial topic. Women should have the rights to their own bodies. But this is not the first time men have tried to control what women do. Throughout history, men have had total control over women. Control is the root issue in this instance of birth control. Humans like to exert their control over others as a display of power. Almost all of the disputes throughout history occur because one group wants to exemplify another as a lesser group. This has happened with men and women since the beginning of the history that we know. Men making sure their power is exerted onto women, who are taught to believe they are lesser, is a tale as old as time. Recently, though, modern day culture respects, even celebrates, women. Birth control is a right women have over their bodies, and it is now being researched by scientists everywhere. The major change is that women now have the freedom and the access to something that has been previously scorned. What has not changed, however, is the fact that men still want some control over what women do with themselves. In politics, birth control is controversial, and many politicians make decisions pertaining to it. Legislation passes laws either promoting or demoting birth control methods. In society, the public generally accepts that women now have rights over their bodies. So as a society, we have made exemplary paces forward, but the prospect of control is still in the back of our mind.

Maddy Reed
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